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The setting and direction seemed just right for me. The time-frame was
somewhat updated to the 1960s, in terms of décor and costume, the
mini-skirts joyously emphasising a time when gentility and modesty were
abandoned in favour of a more uninhibited and 'swinging' decadence. And,
rather than being bidden to the circus at the outset, we were encouraged
to don raincoats, and slink, furtively, into a highly dubious venue of 'Adult
Entertainment', a touch that Wedekind would surely have applauded.
I have always admired the fine playing of the ENO orchestra, but I have
never heard them in better form than they were in this most complex and
difficult score. Because the playing was so assured, under Paul Daniel's
excellent guidance, and, I suspect, meticulous preparation, we could abandon
ourselves to Berg's glorious music, which is as it should be.
What a wonderful night out this Lulu was; as decadent and delicious
as a large plate of the cream cakes that were once described in terms that
fit this production equally aptly: naughty -- but nice, or, perhaps, in more
recent argot, 'wicked!'
Copyright © 6 June 2002
David Thompson, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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